Let’s be real, you don’t even need to read this.
You already know ALL about crazy parties. Like, remember that house party you went to dressed as Mario, where it seemed like there was an entire playlist devoted to songs about shots (where all the words are just like ‘shots!’), and you stole three cans of somebody else’s Strongbow.
That was, you know, wild.
But as crazy as this may seem, we think these parties from around the world are just a little bit better. Look, stick with us on this one, ‘cause you should make it to one of these at least once in your lifetime. Please, just don’t dress as Mario.
Beads, booze, and you know, LOADS more beads.
Seriously, they love their beads in the deep South, and with more than a million partygoers every year, Mardi Gras is basically the world’s biggest frat party.
Luckily, it’s not all Jordan Belfort wannabes, as Mardi Gras is world-famous for its amazing parades and energetic (to say the least) celebrations. It’s crazy, cultural and totally, completely insane.
Munich’s yearly Oktoberfest is about as simple as a wild party can be. At its core, it’s a 16-day-long reason to wear traditional leather breeches and get completely lederhosened in the middle of the day. Ja bitte!
Searching for wild party and searching for a new home actually have more in common than you’d think.
Why? Well, they’re both all about location, location, location.*
Course, your parents 3-bed semi with the big garden was pretty good, but nothing compares to Rio when it comes to party settings. With the street parties, Copacabana beats and an entire stadium devoted to the samba spirit, it’s about as good as it gets.
*Channel 4 please don’t sue us.
Now, we’re not here to tell you how to spend your government-sanctioned days off, but Notting Hill takes place on a bank holiday weekend where your only other options are Reading or Leeds Festival.
So unless you’re under the age of 18, why would you not soak up the character and charm of London while finishing off a bottle of rum before 1pm?
Look, we don’t doubt that you’ve plastered your face in UV, visited the fourth-best club in your hometown and listened to too-much-David-Guetta at a UK version of a Full Moon party.
But take it from us, it is nothing like the parties held on the white-sand beaches of Koh Phangan in Thailand, where more than 50,000 day-glo backpackers party all-night long to celebrate, you know, a full moon or something.
Burning Man Festival
Hippies, fire, public nudity and no cash allowed, only bartering with goods. That’s what we’ve heard, but all we really know for sure about Burning Man is that it takes place for eight days every year in Nevada’s remote Black Rock desert.
It’s completely steeped in mystery, and we want in.
If you can’t get enough of electronic music, out-of-this-world stage designs and a mild case of tinnitus, then you need to get yourself over to Belgium for Tomorrowland.
Totally mental, like most things from Belgium.
If there is a happiest place on Earth, it’s definitely not Disney Land.
Copenhagen’s biggest street festival, Distortion, attracts around 50,000 of the happiest people you’ll ever meet. Slightly warm beer, bad weather and that guy who can’t stop puking is not enough to get people down at Distortion. All hail the Danes!
Sure, hurling ripe tomatoes at complete strangers is pretty fun, but why not take it to the next level and bring people you actually know when you go to La Tomatina.
Take your best friend. Take your boss. Take the type of person who gives out vague spoilers like ‘OMG Joffrey! #GOT’ and cream them with all the tomatoes you can get your hands on.
You know us, we’re all about saving the best ‘til last.
Koninginnedag, or King’s Day, is one of the biggest street festivals in Europe, as more than a million people paint Amsterdam orange and celebrate all day and night from the streets to the canals.
If only it was closer to home, right?